Getting a new system..

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  1. pimphat

    pimphat hmmm

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    AMD XP3200+
    Asus A7V600-X-Lan
    512mb Kingston DDR400
    GigaByte ATI 9600XT Ultra

    Will this be adequate for gaming? All the 9800XT's are more than double the price of a 9600XT.
     
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    pharcyde183 Nissan by nature

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    Looks good, i would buy a 9800 pro though, only like 180-200 and can firmware flash it to XT spec if you want
     
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    pimphat hmmm

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    In Australia that 9600XT is $275 while a GigaByte ATI 9800XT DVI W/TV is $640. Doesn't seem sensible to spend $350 for a minor performance boost..
     
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    Artyboy Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of

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    It's a helluva lot more than a minor performance boost. Don't worry about getting an XT, though. The 9800pro is almost as fast as the 9800xt and they both blow away the 9600xt.
     
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    x2 on getting the Pro.

    otherwise it will be a screamer, good luck man.

    if i were to change anything at all, it would be another stick of 512. I know i know everyone says that 512 is adequate for almost anything desktop wise, but once u upgrade u never imagine on taking that stick out. And if u do some intense gaming, UT2004? u will be able to tell the diff.

    juss my $0.02
     
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    pharcyde183 Nissan by nature

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    512 is basically the minimum now. 1024 will get you through happily.
     
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    pimphat hmmm

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    Well for 9800's these are my options:
    128MB Sapphire ATI 9800SE DVI W/TV VGA Card $250
    128MB HIS ATI 9800Pro “IceQ” 8x DVI W/TV VGA Card $430

    How come the Sapphire is cheaper than a 9600XT?
     
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    pharcyde183 Nissan by nature

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    the sapphire is a good card. Go with it.

    the 9600 XT is more expensive because people see the XT and want to buy it because it sounds faster, so they can charge more.
     
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    Thats Sapphire is an SE not a Pro, don't buy that one.

    Look for a Sapphire 9800 PRO
     
  10. Artyboy

    Artyboy Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of

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    If it's got 256 bit memory bus then you can softmod it to a 9800 pro. It's got the same core but the memory and the core itself isn't rated as high. They also only utilize 4 graphics pipelines. Normal 9800 models use 8. The softmod will open up the extra 4. About 50% of the 9800se's will flake out when you try to open up the extra 4 pipelines. It's not something that anyone can tell that you've ever done, though, so you don't have to worry about voiding the warranty. If your card won't softmod then you can either live with it as is (still a decent card) or you can try and RMA it.
     

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